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KQED: Violence and Gang Activity Still Plague California's Juvenile Corrections Facilities

CJCJ's Erica Webster describes conditions at California's state youth correctional facilities on KQED's The California Report.

CJCJ in the News: Milwaukee Is Latest City to Use Curfew to Tamp Down Unrest

The Associated Press interviews Mike Males, who criticizes Milwaukee's implementation of youth curfews after protests in the city became destructive. 

Fact Sheet: California's Youth and Young Adult Arrest Rates Continue a Historic Decline

A new fact sheet from CJCJ shows that, in 2015, arrests of young people under age 25 dropped below 2014 levels and continue a decades-long trend of decline

Failure After Farrell: Violence and Inadequate Mental Health Care in California's Division of Juvenile Justice

CJCJ's new report finds, in California's state youth corrections system, violence has increased, gang culture is pervasive, and mental health treatment is at times nonexistent.

California’s Bail System: Reform or Abolish? (Part 1)

The money bail system was designed to ensure that people charged with an offense return to court for trial. In practice, however, it rewards those who can afford to pay and punishes those who cannot.

CJCJ in the news: Young and Locked Up in Silicon Valley

The Santa Clara County district attorney has made a habit of charging 14-,15- and 16-year-olds as adults. Why? 

GPB Media: Mike Males on potential curfews in Dallas, TX

GPB Media "On Second Thought" invited CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males to speak on the potential implementation of curfews in Dallas, TX.

July News from CJCJ

CASI now shows 6-year county trends, CJCJ youth spend a day of fun at California's Great America, and a recent CJCJ report is highlighted in national publication. 

California Sentencing Institute now shows county trends for 2009-2014

CJCJ's interactive map now shows 6-year trends for county criminal and juvenile justice practices and statewide disparities 

Ban the Box: Helpful or Harmful?

A new study reveals an unintended consequence of Ban the Box legislation. How does this impact job seekers?

CJCJ in the news: Prosecuting Youth As Adults Creates Racial Disparities and ‘Justice-By-Geography’

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed by CJCJ's Rebecca Wegley on the damage done by prosecuting youth as adults. 

CJCJ in the news: Mike Males on coercive police interrogation

A North Dakota college student was killed after police coerced him to work as a drug deal informant by threatening him with a lengthy prison sentence for low-level marijuana sale. 

California legislature hears pros and cons of statewide sentencing reform

Criminal and juvenile justice reform advocates testified in support of Governor Brown's ballot initiative Proposition 57, which would roll back disastrous, pro-mass incarceration policy.

June News from CJCJ: Two new reports and a trip to Alcatraz

CJCJ youth explore Alcatraz and strengthen bonds with mentors; new CJCJ reports examine the prosecution of youth as adults; and the Children's Waiting Rooms receive donations for families.

The California Legislature Approves Additional $270 Million for Jail Construction

On June 15, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 844, creating yet another allocation for local criminal justice facility construction.

Crime and Violence by San Francisco Youth Plunges 80 percent in Last 20 Years

But strangely, youth entering the system are twice as likely to be incarcerated today.

Justice by Geography: Do Politics Influence the Prosecution of Youth as Adults?

CJCJ’s new report finds that counties with Republican district attorneys are more likely to directly file youth in adult, criminal court.

CJCJ in the news: Study, Certain CA Counties Charge Youth as Adults More Often

Public News Service interviews CJCJ's Maureen Washburn, co-author of a new report analyzing the prosecution of youth as adults. 

New Report! Direct File Rates Arbitrarily Rising for Youth of Color

A new report examining the prosecution of youth as adults in California documents variations by county in the use of “direct file” and its disproportionate impact on youth of color.

Harnessing County Level Prop 47 Savings

Prop 47 cost savings are not being fully realized at the county level. County officials and community groups must act to ensure these savings are reinvested into community-based programs. 

A Special Goodbye

Ten-year-old Eva was sad and upset — after six years of visiting her dad weekly in jail, everything was changing. Her father was going to prison.

A special goodbye & May news from CJCJ

A special goodbye visit for a family, Cameo House residents complete first step of programming, & formerly incarcerated people and allies advocate for reform. 

Informed Policymaking Begins with Data Collection

Recently proposed legislation would expand the California Department of Justice’s data collection apparatus and propel justice system reform.

California Must Prioritize In-Person Visits

California’s county jails are exacerbating the collateral consequences of incarceration by adopting "video visitation" instead of allowing family members and children to visit in person. 

CJCJ in the news: After the Doors Were Locked

National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) staff attorney Atasi Uppal reviews After the Doors Were Locked by CJCJ's Daniel Macallair for Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE). 

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